Category: Arthritis / Bone / Joint Health

Polymyositis- Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis And Natural Treatment


Idiopathic inflammatory myositis is the group of muscle inflammatory diseases that can be divided into two types i.e. Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis. These can be considered as autoimmune-mediated disorders causing muscle weakness. According to the surveys, the rate of polymyositis is increasing due to the reduced detection rate. The rate of prevalence is more in northern parts of Europe, the United States which may be due to either environmental or genetic reasons According to the modern medical system that can only suppress the symptoms of the disorder but leaves the affected person with side effects. Whereas, Ayurvedic pharmacy eliminates the root cause of the disease naturally with traditional herbs

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What is Polymyositis?

Polymyositis (PM) is a type of inflammatory myopathies (a group of muscle diseases) characterized by irritation and inflammation in muscle and tissues. This results in breaking, weakening of muscles and make even simple movements difficult. Polymyositis can occur in any age nut its prevalence is more common in people age 50-60 years. Predominately, it affects 1of 100,000 people globally and mostly affects females than males.

What are the signs and symptoms of Polymyositis?

The person with polymyositis experiences difficulty in climbing stairs, walking or getting up from the chair. Some of the common signs and symptoms include

  • Dysphasia (Difficulty In Swallowing)
  • Arthralgia
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Breathing Problem
  • Pain in Neck and Shoulder Muscles
  • Mild or Acute Paralysis
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Ventilator Dysfunction
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Weight Loss
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Fever
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Non-Erosive Arthritis
  • Irregular Heart Rate Which May Result In Inflammation

What Are The Causes Of Polymyositis?

Polymyositis can be considered as an autoimmune disorder in which the inflamed cells start attacking muscle fibers. Some of the leading factors that may trigger the onset of polymyositis are:-

1. Environmental Factors

Some of the various environmental factors like ultraviolet rays (UV), Vitamin D, certain drugs, infections or excessive smoking contribute to the onset well. Certain inhibitors like anti-tumor necrosis, interferon-alpha, penicillamine, etc. can trigger viral infections which results in chronic muscle inflammatory disorders.

2. Genetic Susceptibility

According to recent studies, the initiation of polymyositis in monozygotic twin first-degree relatives of the patient can contribute to genetic factors.

What are The Risk Factors of Polymyositis?

  1. Lupus
  2. Scleroderma
  3. Viral Infections Like HIV Etc.

What are the complications that may occur in Polymyositis?

Some of the complications are as follows

  • Weight loss and malnutrition which results from trouble in swallowing
  • Shortness of breath that may lead to respiratory failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung Disease
  • Dysphagia
  • Higher risks of malignancy

How can Polymyositis be diagnosed?

A part from the symptoms of polymyositis some of the physical and clinical tests that can confirm the disease are

  • Imaging Test-Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electro Diagnostics-Muscle biopsy and electromyography
  • Clinical Tests- Blood tests to measure muscle enzymes like creatine, kinase, aldolase and for detecting autoantibodies.

Ayurvedic perspective on Polymyositis

According to Ayurveda, polymyositis is caused due to poor digestion resulting in the accumulation of undigested food which ultimately causes deposition of toxins in joints. Indigestion causes an imbalance in Tridosha i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha that leads to slow down the fire elements which causes secretion of sticky end product known as ‘Ama’. Ama triggers autoimmune diseases and causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in joints.

Natural treatment for Polymyositis by Planet Ayurveda

PlanetAyurveda is offering powerful and effective herbal medicines that can treat and reduce symptoms of polymyositis. Some of the products are discussed as follows

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Product Descriptions

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha capsule is an effective herbal formulation that has been prepared from high-quality Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) herb. This herb is an excellent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting agent because of its amazing phytochemical constitution like alkaloids, flavonoids, etc. This product is beneficial in balancing Tridosha i.e. Pitta, Vata and Kaphadosha, boosts the immune system, relieves inflammation in joints, strengthens bones and rejuvenates damaged tissues.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.

2. Shilajit Capsules

Shilajit capsules from Planet Ayurveda has been formulated from 100% pure standardized extracts of Shilajit (Asphaltum). Shilajit contains fulvic acid and humic acid which helps the body in relieving mental and physical stress. This product works significantly in increasing stamina and sexual vigor in both males and females. Shilajit possesses minerals and co-factors that are beneficial in rejuvenating nerve cells and enhances cell regeneration. Moreover, Shilajit is an excellent traditional Indian herbal remedy for suppressing weakness in muscles and anti-aging agent.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

3. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

Planet Ayurveda’s Boswellia Curcumin capsules are an effective combination of two herbs i.e. Shallaki (Boswellia Serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma Longa). This herbal blend works efficiently in Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylitis, Ankylosing spondylitis, chronic colitis, asthma, allergies, Crohn’s disease, etc. Curcumin is fully packed with antioxidants that are beneficial in treating joint movement, cardio-vascular diseases and maintains neuroprotective activities. Boswellia is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that suppress inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness. This product overall protects joint health.

Dosage: 1 capsule two times a day with plain water after meals.

4. Yograj Guggul

Yograj Guggul contains enormous traditional herbs like Shudh guggulu (Commiphora Mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago Zeylanica), Pippali (Piper Longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum Cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrusdeodara), Ela (Elettaria Cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Mustaka (Citrus Rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Adraka (Zingiber Officinale), etc. These herbs are effective in treating joint stiffness, muscle spasms and reduces backache. This product is packed with various medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-gout, hypo-glycemic, etc.

Dosage: 1 Tablet two times a day with plain water after meals.

Why only Planet Ayurveda?

  • 100 % pure and natural products
  • Free from any kind of adulterants like chemicals, preservatives, additives, colors, etc.
  • Formulated under the strict supervision of MD Ayurvedic doctors.
  • All the products manufactured are vegetarian.



Treatment of Slipped Disc in Ayurveda

slipped disc

Slipped Disc: Slipped disc is also known as a Prolapsed and herniated disc. The herniated disk is defined as a problem with one of the disks (rubbery cushions) that usually sit between the vertebrae (individual bones) that are connected with each other to make a spine. The human spinal column from the bottom to the top consists of fiver bones in the lumbar spine which is usually followed by the Coccyx and the Sacrum at the base, twelve in the Thoracic spine and seven in the cervical spine of the spinal column. All the bones of the spinal column are cushioned by the disks. These discs absorb the disk from different kinds of shocks that are caused due to normal activities of life such as Twisting, Walking as well as Lifting and protect the bones from different kinds of injuries.

Slipped Disc

Each and every disk is further divided into two different parts that are Tough Outer Ring and Gelatinous, Soft Inner Portion. Whenever any Injury or Weakness occurs to the spinal column, the inner part of the disc protrude through the Tough Outer part of the disc. This type of injury is called Herniated, Slipped or Prolapsed disc. If the Herniated disc compresses any spinal nerves, then the person may also experience pain, weakness, and numbness. In severe cases, the affected person may surgery to repair or remove the Prolapsed disk. In most people, there are no symptoms of herniated disk and surgery is not a necessary way to relieve the problem of slipped disc.

  • Slipped Disc is not a Communicable Disorder.
  • Men are prone to this problem as compared to women.

Causes of Slipped Disc

There are plenty of reasons which may cause a slipped disc. Few of them are as follows:

  • Age: Adults are more prone to this disorder because after some age outer part of the disc gets torn and weak which also the inner soft portion of the disc to slip out.
  • Certain Motions: There are some motions that may also cause a problem of slipped disc. A disc can slip out from its place while a person is turning or twisting to lift a heavy object. During lifting a very heavy and large object, we are in a move that puts a great strain on the lower back which results in slipping of the disc.
  • Overweight: Overweight may also be the reason behind the slipping of the disc. If a person is overweight then he or she is at great risk of Herniated or Slipped disc.
  • Weak muscle
  • Sedentary lifestyle

Symptoms of Slipped Disc

The problem of a slipped disc can happen to anyone and at any time and in any part of the spine from the lower back to neck. Most people know that the Spinal column is a network of blood vessels and nerves. A Herniated disc can put extra pressure on the muscles and nerves around it.

Some Common Signs and Symptoms of Prolapsed Disc include:

  • Most commonly Numbness and Pain especially in one part of the body.
  • Pain in the spinal column that extends to the patient’s legs or arms.
  • Pain arising after walking for short distances.
  • Pain that becomes worse after sitting or standing for some time.
  • The unexplained weakness of muscles.
  • Burning, Tingling, or Aching sensations in the affected area of the spinal column.

Depending on the location of the affected bone in the spinal column, the symptoms of pain may vary from one person to another person.

Diagnosis of Slipped Disc

If any person is having any of the above-mentioned systems then he or she can contact a doctor. Then the doctor will perform a physical examination of the patient in which he or she ordered the patient to give a neurological exam. With the help of this exam, the doctor will detect the Strength of Muscles, Ability of walking and Reflexes. In most of the cases, the doctor will confirm this disorder by physical exam or medical history but in some cases, the doctor will also order some imaging tests such as:

  • CT scans
  • Discograms
  • X-rays
  • MRI scans etc.

Treatment of Slipped Disc

In recent years the cases of a slipped disc are increased to a great extent. However, scientists have developed various medications for the management of this disorder but those medications do not provide permanent management. There are some allopathic medications in the market that only alleviates the pain of a slipped disc. In order to provide the proper and permanent treatment of slipped disc, doctors of Planet Ayurveda has formulated Disc Care Pack. The Disc Care Pack is prepared by combining the principles of Ayurveda along with modern techniques. This pack is very beneficial to maintain healthy blood circulation around the disc present in the spinal column. This formulation is 100% Vegetarian as well as Authentic and also free from Yeast, Fillers Chemicals, Additives, and extra colors, etc. They do not produce any side effects in the body and are available at a very reasonable cost.

Herbal Remedies for Slipped Disc from Planet Ayurveda

1. Boswellia Curcumin

2. Aamvatantak Churna

3. Yograj Guggul

4.  Hakam Churan

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1. Boswellia Curcumin

This remedy is formulated from 100% pure and natural herbs of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma Longa) and is available in the form of capsules. Boswellia Curcumin not only alleviates the symptoms of a slipped disc but also protects the body against various types of infections.

Dosage: 2 Capsules 2 times a day with plain water after meals.

2. Aamvatantak Churna

 This powder is a wonderful blend of different types of herbs such as Haridra (Curcuma longa), Suranjaan (Colchicum autumnale), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Sonth (Zingiber officinale and  Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum). This shoulder prevents the pain in the spinal column and also help in restoring the mobility of the bones. Its anti-inflammatory properties made this powder an effective remedy against various infections.

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful after 30 mins of meals with lukewarm water.

3. Yograj Guggul

These tablets are formulated with the help of  various herbs such as Nigella sativa, Cinnamomum zeylanica, Piper longum,Tribulus terrestris, Cuminum cyminum, Coriandrum sativum Elettaria cardamomum, Pluchea lanceolata, Rock salt, Piper nigrum, Commiphora Mukul, Cinnamomum Tamala Cyperus rotundus, Terminalia bellirica,  Zingiber officinale, Plumbago zeylanica, Terminalia chebula, Carum copticum, Embelia ribes, Emblica Officinalis, Abies webbiana, Piper nigrum, Trachyspermum roxburghianum, Piper cubeba, and Vetiveria zizanioides. These tablets are very effective in the treatment of slipped disc because they increase the mobility of the spinal column and strength of muscles.

Dosage: 2 Tablets 2 times a day after meals with lukewarm water.

4.  Hakam Churan

Hakam Churan is available in the form of powder and this powder is a wonderful blend of different types of herbs such as  Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativa), and Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum). This churna promote the function of the important spinal cord and prevent the problems of a slipped disc in the adults by enhancing their strength.

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful powder 2 times a day with plain water after meals.